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Jun 30, 2003

Jun 30, 2003

First responders called unprepared for terrorist attacks

(CIDRAP News) – Despite progress in the past 2 years, local emergency response agencies in the United States remain dangerously unprepared for major terrorist attacks, according to a new study by the Council on Foreign Relations, a nonpartisan think tank.

Jun 30, 2003

Frozen steaks recalled in E coli outbreak investigation

(CIDRAP News) – Stampede Meat, Inc., Chicago, is recalling about 739,000 pounds of frozen beef products because of a possible link to five Escherichia coli O157:H7 infections in Minnesota, Kansas, and Michigan, the US Department of Agriculture announced yesterday.

Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

HHS offers tool to assess hospital staff needs for bioterrorism response

(CIDRAP News) – The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is offering a new computer model to help hospitals and health systems estimate how many staff members they would need to dispense antibiotics or vaccinate people in response to bioterrorism or a major disease outbreak.

Jun 27, 2003

Jun 27, 2003

Suspected SARS case in Japan ruled out

(CIDRAP News) – A Taiwanese man who was thought to have the first case of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) in Japan does not have the disease after all, the World Health Organization (WHO) announced today.

Japanese health officials told the WHO that laboratory testing showed the man has influenza B, according to a WHO statement. The 33-year-old man arrived in Tokyo Jun 21 and experienced a high fever and other symptoms 2 days later.

Jun 26, 2003

Jun 26, 2003

Monkeypox cases declining, CDC reports

(CIDRAP News) – The number of human monkeypox cases under investigation in the United States continued to decline in the past week as 11 new possible cases were reported but 19 others were ruled out, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

Jun 26, 2003

Jun 26, 2003

First SARS case in Japan could affect Taiwan's status

June 26 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday reported the first probable case of SARS in Japan, involving a 33-year-old Taiwanese man who came to Tokyo on June 21 for sightseeing.

Jun 25, 2003

Jun 25, 2003

Smallpox shot program called safe despite heart complications

(CIDRAP News) – Experience in the current US military smallpox immunization program makes clear that heart inflammation is a possible complication of vaccination, but the overall record suggests that smallpox vaccination today may be safer than in the past, according to reports published today in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Jun 25, 2003

WHO cancels SARS warning on travel to Beijing

(CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) yesterday canceled its warning against travel to Beijing, site of the world's largest SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrom) outbreak, signaling that the disease is finally under control in the Chinese capital.

Jun 23, 2003

Jun 23, 2003

Hong Kong declared free of local SARS transmission

June 23, 2003 (CIDRAP News) — The World Health Organization (WHO) declared Hong Kong free of local transmission of SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) today, four months after the disease arrived from mainland China and began spreading through the city.

Jun 23, 2003

NIAID offers genome of SARS virus on chip

Editor's note: This story was revised from its original form to clarify terminology regarding the DNA chip being offered to researchers.

(CIDRAP News) – The National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) today announced it will offer a quartz chip containing the DNA of the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus to help researchers quickly detect tiny differences between strains of the virus.

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